The Eagle River is a freestone tributary to the Colorado River, containing similar aquatic life.  Its headwaters lie high in the White River National Forest, along Highway 24.  These upper stretches are best for pocket water fishing with dry flies, and small nymphs.  The majority of the public access for the Eagle is found along I-70 between the towns of Minturn, and Gypsum.  A river map showing public access areas can be useful when fishing the Eagle due to a high number of short public stretches divided by private land. Despite its close proximity to I-70,  the Eagle remains a top notch fishery, boasting beautiful views, and trophy sized rainbows.

 

 

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Current Conditions:

 

River Flow (Cubic Feet Per Second): 

Flows in Gypsum have been holding steady near 140 CFS,  fun flows for wade fishing here.

 

Water Temperature (degrees F): 

low 50's through mid 60's

(keep a thermometer with you and take a break from fishing if you see water temps above 65.  Trout often die after being handled at temperatures of 65 degrees and up)

Water Clarity:

3.5' or better recently.  Heavy preciptitation can change this quickly, especially below Walcott.

 

Current Food Sources:

Terrestrials | golden stonefly nymphs | PMDs | caddis | Tricos | Baetis | midges | small fish, leeches, etc. |

 

Flies to Try: 

Guides Choice Dozen $24.99 

 

Nymphs:

   TDJ Golden Stone size 12-16 | Pat's Rubber Legs  olive/brown, or coffee size 10-12 | Tungsten CDC Hare's Ear size 16-20 | Tungsten Yellow Sally size 14-16 | Tungsten cdc hare's Ear size 14-18 | Drowned Trico size 20-24 |Sparkle Wing RS2 olive or black size 18-22  | UV Midge Black or brown 18-22 |

 

Dries:

   Chubby Chernobyl olive or tan size 6-14 | KK's Henneberry Hopper yellow size 10-12 | Elk Hair Caddis size 12-18, olive, brown, or black | Parachute Adams size 16-22 |  | Matthew's Sparkle Dun PMD or BWo size 18-22 | size 20-22 CDC Morgan's Midge | Solitude Midge olive or black size 18-24

 

Streamers:

  Galloup’s Dungeon white or black | Baby Gonga (olive, black, rainbow trout, and brown trout colors) | Thin Mint size 4-8 | Articulated GoldieWooly Buggers (olive, black, white) | Pine Squirrel Leeches (black, purple, red) | slump busters in white

 

guide tip of the week:

 Lower flows combined with the recent dry weather can produce some great hopper dropper fishing on the Eagle.  As alternate water sources become less available grass hoppers and terrestrial bugs often move closer to larger river systems in search of hydration, making them more available to trout.  This in combination with strong hatches of Baetis, PMDs, Tricos, and midges creates the perfect storm for hopper-dropper fishing.   Our most productive droppers recently have been size 12-16 golden stonefly nymphs, and size 20-24 Baetis and Trico imitations. 

 

Recent Media:

 

Once again, our guide Matt Campanella gets his clients into some nice looking trout....

 

7/22/20

Guide Matt Campanella showing off an Eagle River brown and rainbow trout from a recent day off. Flows on the Eagle are great for wade fisherman, dont miss out! 

 

 

 

A good day on the river doesn't always mean you have to catch a million fish.  Michael Heffez got out with our seasond guide Adam Morgan for a day of walk and wading on the Eagle recently.  He described it as a tough day of fishing, but found it to be very rewarding hooking into a few solid trout using new techniques he was learning from Adam.  A monster Rainbow Trout he hooked eluded the net, but this "torpedo" of a brown trout found its way into Michael's hands.  We'll see ya next time! 

 

Recent History:

Early June

Thanks to our guide Matt Campanella, for the stepping out of his back door in Edwards, and capturing this quick water conditions video for us!

 

 

Late May

 

No Surprise here our guide John Spriggs was out on the water again, and wrote up the following report.....

 

5/13/2020

 

Introduction

Floating the Eagle river is always a treat because It has tremendous bug life, and the average fish size near Eagle, Co is impressive! It is most famous for the prolific Caddis hatches that come off in the spring and early summer. The Eagle has excellent dry fly fishing for brown and rainbow trout. The float fishing season is fantastic but short and runs from April-July in most years.  The Eagle can be wade fished year round and has excellent public access to the river below Wolcott and above Edwards.  

 

Flys: Pat's Rubber Legs legs 8, olive and brindle, Foam wing RS2 size 18, Pink San Juan Worm, Caddis larva and emergers and adults, BWO, sculpzilla, Baby Gonga

 

Fished pretty well! Still had to work for them, but the fish were eating, when you found them! The streamer bite wasn’t consistent but certainly moved plenty of fish with black colored streamers moving the most! 

 

River Conditions

CFS: 1220cfs

Weather Conditions: Sunny and to overcast, 60

 

Water Clarity: off color 1-1.3 feet

 

Water Temp: 43-48

 

Trout Holding: Fish were holding tight against the banks in softer water, seams, buckets and some riffles if the river speed was slow enough to hold.

 

Guide tip of the Day

If there are any clouds, throw on a sculpzilla and chuck towards the banks and off the drops, you might just stick the fish of your life! Also, be ready for the caddis to start coming

off thick!

Photos from the John Spriggs report:

 

One word.... Majestic.

 

QUICK FACT: checking out the bug life is both fun, and benificial to your fly selections.  The boys found some Baetis nymphs, and a cream colored midge larva on these rocks.

      

 

Reaping the rewards.

 

 

A day on the water seems like just the the thing we all need about now.

 

 

 

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